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Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture attends the 2011 Academy Awards.

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There was a lot of pretty on the red carpet of the 2011 Academy Awards, but amongst the sea of expected awards show fashion, actress Cate Blanchett stood out in a creation from Givenchy’s Srping 2011 Couture collection. Whether she made it onto your personal ‘best dressed’ or ‘worst dressed’ list, you have to give Cate points for taking a step outside the typical red carpet fashion box.

Not everyone can pull off couture. It takes a certain attitude to take the risk in the first place, and also requires a level of fashion comfort that most people don’t have. What I love most about Cate in couture, is that she looks natural in it, not like she’s trying. In other words, she wears her Givenchy gown effortlessly, and that’s the sign of a true student of fashion.